By: Parth Pundir, The Mobile Indian, New Delhi
Last updated : January 11, 2018 2:57 pm
Will be available in all offline stores across the nation.
After launching Micromax Bharat 3 and Bharat 4, the Bharat 5 smartphone was launched in late 2017 in India. The device comes with a price tag of Rs 5,555 and will is available at all offline stores across the nation. We have been the using the device for over a week now and here is what we have to say about it.
Design and Display
The Micromax Bharat 5 comes in Black colour and is quite compact and handy. It sports a 5.2-inch HD display and above the screen, the forehead houses selfie camera, forward firing LED flash and an earpiece.
At the right one will find a power button and the volume rockers. The bottom is equipped with the speaker, microphone and charging port, while the top houses a headphone jack. Moving to the back, the Micromax Bharat 5 features a Black plastic body with a metallic finish, with the camera and LED flash on the top left corner.
As far as display is concerned, it has a 5.2-inch display, with the resolution of 1280x720 pixels. Comparing to the Kult Ambition and the Xiaomi Redmi 5A the Micromax Bharat 5 features a rich graphics and brightness at this price range. Further, the screen provides some sharp text along with vivid colour.
The performance of the device is average, as the smartphone is powered by an relatively old MediaTek MT6735 processor. While Xiaomi is offering Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 in its Redmi 5A of the same price range. The Bharat 5 runs on the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system, with Micromax's own user interface customisations. As the brand promotes has been a partner for Make in India, it comes preloaded with the Modi App and Hike messenger application.
During our review period, the device was easily able to handle most of the daily tasks, especially switching between apps and multitasking was easy, but starts to lag when multiple windows are open. In the gaming department, most of the casual games like Candy Crush and ludo worked fine, but heavy duty games like Gameloft’s Asphalt 8: Airborne experience lots of lags and frame drops, even when the RAM is cleared.
As far as battery is concerned, the device houses a 5000 mAh battery, which is the major highlight of the Bharat 5. It lasts over 2 days after normal use, which includes music streaming, surfing the net, using social media, chatting on WhatsApp and taking calls. However, if you are a heavy user it can easily take you through 36 hours. In our experience, the phone took around 2.5 hours to charge completely from zero to 100 percent with its wall charger.
The Bharat 5 is equipped with a 13-megapixel rear camera. At this price range, the featured camera did a pretty decent job and records soothing videos in natural light. Indoors however, the device has shown some mixed results with some fuzzy and blurred images. Further, It comes with the seven-level of beauty mode, HDR and panorama mode.
The secondary camera of this handset definitely adds some plus points in the phone's portfolio. Though the smartphone houses a 5-megapixel sensor, the quality of the image is amazing with the LED flash. At this price range, the device captures a remarkable picture of the low light conditions and outdoors, but a little fuzziness can be seen indoors.
To sum up, at this price range the Bharat 5 performance logs in an adequate performance. It's outdated chipset is a weak link, especially compared to the Xiaomi Redmi 5A which is offering a Snapdragon 425 processor. In terms of battery, display and selfie camera the smartphone really offers a top-notch experience as good as any, but the 1GB RAM and User Interface is a bit underwhelming. As far as competition is concerned, the phone will face stiff competition from the Xiaomi Redmi 5A, though the attention to consumer priorities at this price point should give it a real opening for itself.
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